Explore the most popular lake trails in Umpqua National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Fish Lake

15 hours ago

Beautiful hike and full of history! Bring bug spray!

4 months ago

This trail is home to my first backpacking trip ever. We left Kelsay Valley Horse Camp around 4:30 pm (we were hiking in early August) and set up camp at Lucielle Lake, which is about 1 mile from Maidu Lake. We wanted to go the extra mile that night but we had completely ran out of daylight. The next day, we made it to Maidu Lake and spent a couple hours eating lunch, napping, and taking in the scenery. We tried a little fishing, to no avail. Maidu Lake is significant because it is the source of the North Umpqua River. This segment is the first portion of the North Umpqua Trail. The hike from the horse camp to Maidu Lake is primarily uphill. There is potential to be virtually eaten alive my mosquitos so bring ample amounts of repellent. I ran out of repellent while on the trip and brought home about 30 mosquito bites as a souvineer.

4 months ago

Visited Twin Lakes in July 2017. One of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever done. The two lakes are absolutely gorgeous. I didn’t have a problem with mosquitos when I visited. We were there mid day, around 1-2 pm. I highly recommend this hike. At this time, however, the road leading to Twin Lakes is closed due to fire damage that occurred during the summer.

I am a big fan of trails where I can get a soak in after (or before), heck if I could be in a hot spring on my bike I would be in heaven.

As of 10/24/17, NF 4770 (the forest road that leads to Twin Lakes) is closed due to fire activity. The trail is unlikely to be accessible until late next spring.

A beautiful trail with old growth forest. fantastic views, 2 beautiful lakes and wildflowers. The mosquitos were thick at the parking lot (thank you, previous hikers, for the warning) but there were very few at the lakes. The lakes are exceptionally beautiful.

very nice hike but mosquitoes were bad.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I was here with American Hero Adventures(2016) and it was BEAUTIFUL!!! Very peaceful.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Intense hike, a lot of stairs great workout. Surprised when I saw the ending was a balcony where u look at the falls and not able to actually get to the water. There is a shifty rope attached to the side of the balcony but I did not feel confident in its ability to hold my weight, given I'm 200lbs

Thursday, September 08, 2016

There are two separate starting point to get to the summit of Mt Bailey: a lower trailhead (10.5 miles out and back) and an upper trailhead (about 5 miles out and back). I hiked from the lower trailhead a short .4 miles from the Diamond Lake South Shore on NFR 300 (left turn from the paved Diamond Lake Loop. The access to the lower trailhead does not require a high-clearance vehicle. I cannot vouch for the access to the upper trailhead on NFR 380.

The 2+ miles between the lower and upper trailhead are easy to navigate, on a well maintained, forested and nicely graded trail. The last .5 miles are essentially flat on a sandy plateau. After crossing NRF 380, the trail is noticeably steeper but still shaded as the treeline is only reached shortly before the false summit. There are a few steep sections going straight up the slope but most of the trail is still well maintained with not too many rocks or roots. To wit the fact that trail runners are using this trail all the way up to the summit. On the way up to the tree line, a few good views of Diamond Lake and Thielsen peak are opening up.

The trail finally reaches the treeline a bit under the first key feature of the hike: a crated just below the false summit which, early in September, still has tong of snow on its South edge. At that point, the views are fully opened to the South with Mt Scott and Mt McLoughlin in plain sight. After rounding the crater, the trails switches-back to the false summit and the first sweeping views East and West as well as the spine to the true summit to the North.

The spine leading to the summit is the only section of the hike that is a bit 'technical". A few "gendarmes" stand on the way and the trail follows their Western (left) edge at the top of steep and long scree fields. A bit of caution here and there in that section can avoid bad surprises. This is also where the second main feature of the hike awaits you: a window in the "gendarme" face that frames Thielsen and Diamond Lake in dramatic fashion.

Past the last gendarme, the trail gently edges up toward the true summit (no marker, no summit register as of 9/2016). Continue a short .1 mile further and slightly down and get an unobstructed view of Diamond Lake and Thielsen. The horizon was a bit cloudy to the North when I was at the summit, but on a good day you should be able to see Diamond Peak and the Sisters.

Bottom line: if you can start from the upper trailhead, climbing Mt Bailey is a must from the efforts to rewards ratio.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

was great, nice hike I stayed and camp next to fish lake

road biking
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

This is a fun 11 mile bike ride with great views of Mt. Bailey and Mt. Thielsen. At times you ride right alongside the lake and other times you ride through the forest away from the lake. I rode this trail 5 times on a 8 day camping trip. At first the hills are a little bit challenging but you get used to them pretty quickly.
My 9 year old daughter and 7 year old son completed this ride several times through out the week.
The north west corner of the lake is swampy and infested with mosquitoes, and as long as you keep moving they can't get you but if you have to stop, they eat you alive. By myself the ride took 45 minutes. with my 9 and 7 year olds it took 2 hours.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Breathtaking scenery....long drive to parking area at trail head....TONS of mosquitos late May/early June...bring bug repellent!!!!! ❤️ the hike and views

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

If it wasn't for the AWFUL mosquitoes, I would of loved this hike! The trail and the lake were beautiful, but the mosquitoes made it miserable! I wore long sleeve and pants and they were biting through my clothes, and all over my hands! A section of the trail was extremely muddy, so wear appropriate shoes.

Monday, June 27, 2016

The lake was beautiful but the mosquitoes were obnoxious. There were swarms everywhere and even moving around I got bitten 15 times. When we got down to the lake there were less but they were still there. I would advise to put the repellent on before you leave your house and to also protect your dogs as the bugs were all over them too. The trail around the lake was muddy so wear appropriate shoes.

Friday, June 24, 2016


Monday, June 06, 2016

The mosquito's are really bad here. Even with repellant, they were attacking. Short 1.25 mile hike to the first lake and maybe another .25 mile to the second lake. The lake was beautiful. It was perfect to swim in.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

sweet....the mosquitoes are crazy

Tuesday, December 22, 2015


Saturday, October 10, 2015

We followed these directions, but the only signs we saw said we were heading for Boulder Creek Trail. When we arrived, we saw a trail marker, so we followed it. After about 1/4 mile, it joined another larger trail. We followed that one another 1/4 mile or so, but it just didn't seem right so we turned around. Almost back to the car, we found a sign laying on a downed tree. It was the right trail. We just didn't go far enough.

The trail is not difficult, but it's rocky and a little hard on the ankles. I turned mine a few times in our short hike. Will try again for sure.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

These lakes have been trashed. There are cigs on the trail. There are cans in every fire ring. TP is everywhere. I would hesitate to use any of the pit toilets. On a weekday nearly every developed campsite was taken. It is too close to the trailhead so it is over used. The lakes are pretty and the sights along the trail are lovely.

on Twin Lakes Trail

Sunday, February 01, 2015

This was a beautiful hike on 1/31/15 with views of snow capped Mt. Bailey and Mt. Thielsen to the south and Diamond Peak to the North.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

My first hike of the year. This trail is short enough for the beginners and has more challenging side trails. Lakes are beautiful, sadly no fish were caught. Camped over night. Was very quiet and deer came right into our campsite. All in all, i believe any one driving though should stop by or even go out of your way just to view it all.

Monday, July 14, 2014

This hike was an unexpected wonderful experience. Two beautiful pristine lakes on a well maintained trail. The hike in is easy and only about 1 mile on relatively flat terrain. Along the way there is a great lookout over the valley below and the mountain peaks in the distance. Mount Thielsen and Mount Bailey can be seen to the east. Once at lakeside the trail circumnavigates both lakes. There are a couple of wooden shelters for camping, regular camping sites and a vaulted toilet. We saw a few fishermen who hiked in for the day and a family packing out from a two night camping trip. These lakes are in a beautiful setting and reflect a stunning blue green color. Those looking for a bit of a workout can take the 1.1 mile trail uphill to the top of the cliffs overlooking both lakes from three hundred feet above. An outstanding view from the top.

road biking
Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Love the 12 mile USFS bike path around Diamond Lake! Great views of Mt. Thielsen and Bailey.

Great hike. Access trail at about 6,000'. You can summit Mt Thielsen, but I only got to about 7,300.

As stated, didn't even realize I was on the PCT till later. What a nice hike. Kind of difficult at times, but worth the work. No breeze that day in late summer, probably a couple feet of snow there by now. But how relaxing, once I got as far as I could.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Diamond lake is great anytime of the year. In the winter you can rent snowmobiles and ride the trails, in the sprint and summer you can walk, bike or ride 4 wheelers. There is great fishing, boat rentals, a great pizza place, the lodge and cabins. I was not happy with the hotel as it seemed old and smelled musty. The cabins are older but are kept up for the most part.

14 days ago

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